Relax With Natural Sleep Products

Over the last couple of weeks, the team tested out several new natural sleep products that are currently on the market; the Dream Bar™, Dirty Lemon’s™  Sleep Drink, and Emergen-ZZZZ™. If you don’t like taking pharmaceuticals to help you sleep, these sleep supplements might be right up your alley! Read below to see how each helped us sleep.

Dream Bar™ 

These beautifully packaged bars hail from Colorado and are developed to improve sleep patterns. They come in 3 delectable flavors; Banana Lavender, Apple Chamomile, and Tart Cherry Lemon Balm (our favorite!).  These bars are made with organic ingredients and nervine herbs (Lavender, Chamomile, and Lemon Balm) that affect neurotransmitters to help the body and mind relax naturally. They are also “Beegan”, gluten-free, and contain no GMOs.

One tester tracked her sleep through a sleep app on her phone and found that she had far fewer periods of restlessness throughout the night. On average, she has about 12-15 times in the night where she experiences restlessness, but with the Dream Bar™, she only had 3.

Overall, it does take about an hour to kick in, but once it did take effect, our testers experienced the most restful night out of the three products that we tried. There was also no groggy feeling in the morning because no melatonin or other hormone is used to create these bars.

We highly recommend you try these bars! They are available in these locations across the United States, or you can purchase them directly from their website. Dream Bar™ has also provided our Pillow Fans with a 15% off coupon code (pillowtalk) if you order directly from them. Enjoy a happy tummy and peaceful dreams with the Dream Bar™!

Score: 9/10


Dirty Lemon™ Sleep

The Dirty Lemon™ Sleep drink is the next sleep-enhancing product that we tried.  This drink is made with filtered water, naturally relaxing herbs, Magnesium, rose water, and lemon juice. There are no added sweeteners, so it just has a very light hint of lemon and rose.

The ordering process is certainly unique as well. Firstly, a case of 6 bottles of Sleep will set you back $65. Once you’ve made your profile on their website, you receive a text message confirming your order. Everything from receiving tracking to re-placing an order goes through text message. Definitely a first for us!

Our testers did experience more frequent periods of restlessness than with the Dream Bar™, and one had to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night. Each bottle contains 16 oz. of liquid, so it’s a lot to drink right before bed.

When you open the bottle you are immediately hit with the soothing smell of rose and lemon, but once you take a sip, it just tastes like lemon water with maybe just a hint of rose. All of our testers were a little disappointed by the taste.

For the price, the volume that you have to drink, and the less-than-robust taste, we personally wouldn’t use this sleep aid on a regular basis. That being said, every sleeper is different, and this drink might be just the ticket to soothe you to sleep!




Emergen-ZZZZ® is the last sleep-aid that we tried. This product is part of the popular Emergen-C® brand.  If you’ve never tried Emergen-C® before, they come in 0.27 oz packets and are in powdered form. You mix the powder in with as little or as much water as you’d like, depending on how strong you want the drink to taste. I personally like it to be really diluted, but one of our other testers only used about 4 oz of water, so she experienced the full flavor of it. We decided to go with the Berry PM, but you can also get it in Peach PM and Mellow Berry.

Out of the products that we tested, this is the only one to receive mixed reviews. One of the primary ingredients of the powder is Melatonin, which is a hormone that the brain naturally produces to regulate sleep. According, to “The Dark Side and Downsides of Melatonin,” although this is a naturally occurring hormone, using the synthesized version in supplement form, can throw off your normal sleep patterns. With that being said, 2 of our testers experienced grogginess when they woke up in the morning and had more frequent periods of restlessness. I personally slept like a rock throughout the night and was wide awake the next morning.

In terms of price and taste, the Emergen-ZZZZ® was certainly one of our favorites. We liked the way it put us to sleep almost immediately, but the unfortunate feeling of grogginess in the morning certainly knocked off a couple points. Also, if you are a smaller person or are sensitive to melatonin, we recommend taking half of the packet to prevent any morning drowsiness.

Score: 7/10


In Conclusion

This has certainly been a restful few weeks for us. We hope these reviews helped you and inspired you to try natural sleep remedies. We’re hooked!

Syam, Piyali. “The Dark Side and Downsides of Melatonin.” Van Winkle’s. Van Winkle’s, 16 Dec. 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2017. <>.

How to Deal with Stress at Work

We all feel stress from time to time, especially during our working lives. There is always a deadline that has to be met or a fire that has to be put out. Luckily, there are some habits that we can adopt to help us cope.

In honor of Stress Awareness Monthhere are some tips that can help you relieve stress and get you through the work week.

Get Some Rest

Although you’ve probably heard this a million times before, getting 7-9 hours of sleep is essential for starting your day off right. One hour before you go to sleep, power down all of your devices (besides your alarm clock, of course), and make sure that the room is dark. This will help you fall asleep faster and maintain your REM cycle for a longer stretch throughout the night.


Making a daily to-do list and budgeting your time can help you maintain achievable goals. Organize your list in order of priority, that way you get the most important projects accomplished first.


Remember, you don’t have to hold the entire company on your shoulders. Trying to be a Yes-person constantly can be a drain you and will ultimately make your productivity suffer. Make sure that you have a great support system to help you with tasks. 

Keep Your Work Life and Personal Life Separate

When you are at home, make sure that you unplug your “work brain.” Oftentimes when we get home from work, we feel compelled to check our emails or social media channels to ensure that nothing is going wrong while we are away from our desks. Constantly being on alert can increase stress levels and lower productivity during the hours that we are at work. If you must check your email while you are at home, try to limit yourself to looking only once.

Keep Your Desk Clean

Now, this might not work for everyone. Some people thrive in “organized chaos,” but if you see yourself taking a large chunk of your day trying to locate something on your desk, you might need to reorganize.

Write Down What Stresses You Out

Identifying what actually triggers your stress is paramount to reducing it. Every few days write down two things that you feel are causing you the most stress. After you have a few items recorded, study it. If you see a pattern, then brainstorm ways that you can change your habits to relieve, or at least lessen, your stress levels.

Take A Full Lunch

No matter how much time your company gives you for lunch, use that time wisely. We often want to inhale our lunches in a few minutes so we can get back to our tasks, but if you just take your time and refocus your energy, you can find that your productivity will rise and stress levels will fall.

In Conclusion

These are just a couple of ways that stress can be eliminated at work. Finding your own combination of stress relief techniques can greatly help you both physically and mentally. So take some time for yourself, take a deep breath, and relax.